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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, October 7, 2019 – Jim Lovell

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“Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.”

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“Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”

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“The moon is essentially gray, no color. It looks like plaster of Paris, like dirty beach sand with lots of footprints in it.”

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“There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.”

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“From now on, we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. It wasn’t a miracle, we just decided to go.”

Wikipedia:  Jim Lovell

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, October 5, 2019 – Colin Powell

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

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“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”

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“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.”

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“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.”

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“Experts often possess more data than judgment.”

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“Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.”

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“Get mad, then get over it.”

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“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

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“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”

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“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

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“Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.”

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“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”

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“Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.”

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“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”

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“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

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“The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.”

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“The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.”

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COLIN POWELL’S 13 RULES OF LEADERSHIP

1.  It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2.  Get mad, then get over it.
3.  Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
4.  It can be done!
5.  Be careful what you choose, you may get it.
6.  Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7.  You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8.  Check small things.
9.  Share credit.
10.  Remain calm. Be kind.
11.  Have a vision. Be demanding.
12.  Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13.  Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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10 Leadership Tenets from Colin Powell, Stanford Business School

1.  Successful leaders know how to define their mission, convey it to their subordinates and ensure they have the right tools and training needed to get the job done.

2.  “Leadership is all about people…and getting the most out of people.”

3.  Leaders should never show fear or anger. “You have to have a sense of optimism.”

4.  Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.

5.  Leadership is about conveying a sense of purpose in a selfless manner and creating conditions of trust while displaying moral and physical courage.

6.  A false leader is someone who fails to get the necessary resources for his or her staff to do their jobs.

7.  “The best leaders are those who can communicate upward the fears and desires of their subordinates, and are willing to fight for what is needed. If not, the organization will weaken and crumble.”

8.  When something fails, a true leader learns from the experience and puts it behind him. “You don’t get reruns in life. Don’t worry about what happened in the past.”

9.  Good leaders must know how to reward those who succeed and know when to retrain, move, or fire ineffective staff.

10.  “You know you’re a good leader when people follow you out of curiosity.”

Wikipedia:  Colin Powell

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, October 4, 2019 – Billie Jean King

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“A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.”

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“Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.”

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“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

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“I didn’t really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.”

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“I have a lot to say, and if I’m not No. 1, I can’t say it.”

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“I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks.”

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“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.”

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“I will tell you King’s First Law of Recognition: You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.”

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“No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.”

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“Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.”

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“The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.”

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“Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.”

Wikipedia:  Billie Jean King

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – Andrew Carnegie

“Aim for the highest.”

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“All honor’s wounds are self-inflicted.”

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“And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.”

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“Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.”

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“Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.”

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“Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.”

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“He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.”

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“I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.”

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“Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.”

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“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.”

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“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”

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“The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.”

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“The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

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“The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.”

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“There is little success where there is little laughter.”

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“There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.”

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“Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

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“You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.”

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“You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best.”

Wikipedia:  Andrew Carnegie

10 Rules of Success Andrew Carnegie Used To Become Incredibly Rich, Richard Feloni, Business Insider

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Post Week 5 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash!

The college football season is really rolling along and let’s bring out the Great Johnny Cash to show tell these Coaches on the Hot Seat about the Facts of Life!

Thank You Johnny!

Post Week 5 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

1.  Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee – An interesting thing to look at for Head Coaches on the Hot Seat is there record against FBS teams with .500 records and Pruitt’s records against those teams is >

2 – 9

No…that’s not too good and that means that of Pruitt’s 6 wins at Tennessee in posting a 6 – 10 record in two seasons in Knoxville….4 of those wins were against FCS or FBS teams with sub-.500 records! Yep…Tennessee Football is Dead and it ain’t coming back anytime soon!

The Vols had a bye in Week 5 and now it’s back to Real Football with Georgia coming to town with a 1 – 3 record on the board so with this schedule left to play…

Georgia
Mississippi State
At Alabama
South Carolina
UAB
At Kentucky
At Missouri
Vanderbilt

…just how many games can the Tennessee win in 2019?

Well, if the Vols cannot beat Mississippi State on October 12 then they might not win another game this season because the Bulldogs are softer than butter on the sidewalk in the Summer Alabama Sun!

2.  Lovie Smith, Illinois – Ole Lovie Smith been the head coach at Illinois for 4 seasons now and his record against FBS teams with .500+ records now stands at >

3 – 27

Laugh Out Loud Forever because wait for it…Lovie Smith got a contract extension after last season!

Lovie Smith now sitting on a Big Ten Conference record of 4 – 24 had a bye in Week 5 and the 2 – 2 Illini have games left against…

At Minnesota
Michigan
Wisconsin
At Purdue
Rutgers
At Michigan State
At Iowa
Northwestern

Well….Purdue is softer than Butter in the Summer Alabama Sun as is Rutgers and Northwestern so Illinois has a chance to win 3 more games in 2019 to finish at 5 – 7 which…wait for it…probably get Lovie Smith another contract extension!

Hell…with Lovie Smith at Illinois, Jeff Brohm at Purdue, and Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern there are at least 3 Big Ten Teams that are almost guaranteed wins on the schedule which dropped from 4 with Chris Ash getting fired this week! Hell you just show up at the stadium against Northwestern they just…

Lay Down and Quit like their Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald who is now known around Coaches Hot Seat as….

Quitting Patty Boy!

Don’t earn your paycheck again this week Patty Boy whose ass will be on the Hot Seat soon!

3.  Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech – Justin Fuente’s record against FBS teams with .500+ records at Va. Tech now stands at >

17 – 15

Not so good…at Virginia Tech especially when you consider Fuente’s overall record is 27 – 17 with the Hokies so that means many of his wins are against FBS teams with sub-.500 records!

We have a definite opinion on Hokies Coach Justin Fuente >

He’s just Worthless As Hell!

We believe we know why the Hokies have fallen apart and are obviously in our opinion no longer playing hard for Fuente and other Hokies coaches and we are sitting in San Francisco so the Head Coach should know as well but somehow he seems like he does not…or maybe he does know and in our opinion Fuente is too much of a Damn Coward to address the problem and LEAD the football program that he is being paid Millions of Dollars a year to LEAD and if we had to guess…it’s the latter >

Justin Fuente is just a Damn Coward with No Damn Guts so he hides like the Damn Coward to the Obvious As Hell Problems with his football team!

Just our humble opinion!

Now at 2 – 2 on the season with wins against…wait for it…Old Dominion and Furman…still have to play games against…

At Miami
Rhode Island
North Carolina
At Notre Dame
Wake Forest
Georgia Tech
Pitt
At Virginia

That looks like a season record of 3 – 9 and 4 – 8 to us and Justin Fuente being fired right after the Virginia game in late November and not a Damn moment too soon in our humble opinion!

4.  Chad Morris, Arkansas – Chad Morris has an overall record of 4 – 13 at Arkansas and his record against FBS teams with .500+ records now stands at >

0 – 12

Not good…even at Arkansas!

We almost would have been quicker to fire Chad Morris after the close loss to Texas A&M than the Total Disaster of a loss to San Jose State last week because if you can play the Aggies to one score game please now…

How in Hell can you lose to San Jose State at home Chad Morris?

Arkansas is now 2 – 3 on the season with wins over Portland State and Colorado State and has games left against…

At Kentucky
Auburn
At Alabama
Mississippi State
Western Kentucky
LSU
Missouri

Just our opinion….Arkansas will TOPS win one more game in 2019 and Chad Morris will finish with a record of 3 – 9 after going 2 – 10 last season and that would mean another 0 – 8 record in SEC Conference play for the Hogs and if they do go 0 – 8 for a second straight season that would mean for Arkansas under Morris and Bielema over the past 4 seasons the Hogs record in SEC play would be >

4 – 28!

Maybe one day they will hire an Athletic Director at Arkansas that actually knows his ass from the side of a barn and the Hogs will hire a…wait for it…

Freaking Head Football Coach!

5.  Chip Kelly, UCLA – Chip Kelly’s overall record at UCLA now stands at 4 – 13 and his record against FBS teams with .500+ records is now at….

4 – 12!

The Bruins played pretty well against Arizona but made so many mistakes on offense that really slowed down the UCLA offense we saw against Wazzu and in 2019 UCLA has scored in games…

14
1
14
67
17

You think that Wazzu defense is a Total Disaster? Yep!

UCLA now at 1 – 4 on the season has left to play games against…

Oregon State
At Stanford
Arizona State
Colorado
At Utah
At USC
California

Now if UCLA can score 35 points in all of their remaining 7 games they can win 5 of them but finding a way to score those 35 points is the problem!

Memo to Chip Kelly:  There’s an old saying in the US Navy that when you have superiority over your enemy you just whip their ass straight-up but when you have fewer forces to bring to bare against the enemy you….

Create Chaos and Hell and Whip Their Asses With Confusion!

You beat Wazzu by Creating Chaos and Hell and Whipping Their Asses With Confusion…so do the same against Oregon State!

6.  Charlie Strong, South Florida – Charlie Strong’s overall record at South Florida is 18 – 11 and his record against FBS teams with .500+ records now stands at…

3 – 11

The reality is that even with an overall record of 18 – 11 that Charlie Strong has gotten a Helluva Lot of Wins against FCS or FBS teams with sub.500 records and now at 1 – 3 on the season the Bulls have these games left to play in 2019 >

At UConn
BYU
At Navy
At East Carolina
Temple
Cincinnati
Memphis
At UCF

South Florida should be able to beat UConn even on the road but will they win another game in 2019?

Not likely and the South Florida job which is one Helluva Job in our opinion will be coming open in late November.

7.  Will Muschamp, South Carolina – Will Muschamp’s overall record at South Carolina now stands at 24 – 20 and his record against FBS teams with .500+ records is now…

12 – 20

HALF of Will Muschamp’s wins are against FCS or FBS teams with sub-.500 records and his record in SEC Conference play >

13 – 14

Neither very Hot but the do put your ass on the Hot Seat!

Now at 2 – 3 on the season the Gamecocks have left in 2019 games against…

At Georgia
Florida
At Tennessee
Vanderbilt
Appalachian State
At Texas A&M
Clemson

South Carolina has the talent to win 5 of their remaining 7 games but how many games will they win….we’ll go…

Tennessee
Vanderbilt
Appalachian State

…which adds up to 5 – 7 and 5 – 7 in Year 4 at South Carolina….Well…this fellow could have done that!

8.  Clay Helton, USC – Helton’s overall record at USC now stands at 35 – 19 and his record against FBS teams with .500+ records is now…

21 – 19

No…not so good when we are talking about USC!

After the loss to Washington the Trojans are now 3 – 2 and they have left to play games against…

At Notre Dame
Arizona
At Colorado
Oregon
At Arizona State
At California
UCLA

Our guess is that USC finishes with someone like a 7 – 5 record in 2019 and the Trojans will be looking for a new head football coach come late November.

9.  Kalani Sitake, BYU – 2019 has been an up-and-down year for BYU in Kalani Sitake’s 4th year at the school where he has posted a 22 – 22 mark and against FBS teams with .500+ his record is now…

11 – 20

Now at 2 – 3 on the season after the loss to Toledo the Cougars have left to play in 2019…

At South Florida
Boise State
At Utah State
Liberty
Idaho State
At UMass
At San Diego State

South Florida is a Total Disaster right now so that should be a win as should games against Idaho State and UMass and that adds up to 5 wins and BYU better find at least 2 wins against Boise State, Utah State, Liberty, and San Diego State if Sitake is going to have a chance to return to coach BYU in 2020!

10.  Willie Taggart, Florida State – Willie Taggart’s overall record at FSU now stands at 8 – 9 and his mark against FBS teams with .500+ records is….

6 – 8

Not good….this is FSU!

The 3 – 2 Seminoles now have games left against…

At Clemson
At Wake Forest
Syracuse
Miami
At Boston College
Alabama State
At Florida

…and since Taggart needs at least 7 wins in 2019 to return to coach the Seminoles in 2020 he better find 4 wins in those last 7 games!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – Bill Russell

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“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”

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“Durability is part of what makes a great athlete.”

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“The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.”

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“To me, one of the most beautiful things to see is a group of men coordinating their efforts toward a common goal, alternately subordinating and asserting themselves to achieve real teamwork in action. I tried to do that, we all tried to do that, on the Celtics. I think we succeeded.”

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“What do you think of the Chicago Bulls winning three in a row?” — Russell: “Not much.” In perspective, Russell won eight times in a row with the Celtics.

Wikipedia:  Bill Russell

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, September 30, 2019 – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”

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“Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.”

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“I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.”

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“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

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“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”

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“The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.”

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“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”

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“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

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“When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.”

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“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.”

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“An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.”

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“Don’t join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.”

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“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”

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“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”

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“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

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“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.”

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“How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?”

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“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”

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“I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem – and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?”

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“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.”

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“If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.”

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“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.”

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“May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

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“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”

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“Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.”

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“Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.”

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“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”

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“The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!”

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“The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.”

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“There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.”

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“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.”

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“When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war.”

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“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle.

We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

Order of the Day (2 June 1944) Message to troops before the Normandy landings

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“We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose. We must be willing, individually and as a Nation, to accept whatever sacrifices may be required of us. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. These basic precepts are not lofty abstractions, far removed from matters of daily living. They are laws of spiritual strength that generate and define our material strength. Patriotism means equipped forces and a prepared citizenry. Moral stamina means more energy and more productivity, on the farm and in the factory. Love of liberty means the guarding of every resource that makes freedom possible–from the sanctity of our families and the wealth of our soil to the genius of our scientists.”

First Inaugural address (20 January 1953)

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“As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

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“In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.”

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“Character in many ways is everything in leadership. It is made up of many things, but I would say character is really integrity. When you delegate something to a subordinate, for example, it is absolutely your responsibility, and he must understand this. You as a leader must take complete responsibility for what the subordinate does. I once said, as a sort of wisecrack, that leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.”

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“I’m going to command the whole shebang.” Comment to his wife Mamie, after being informed by George Marshall that he would be in command of Operation Overlord

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“We look upon this shaken Earth, and we declare our firm and fixed purpose — the building of a peace with justice in a world where moral law prevails. The building of such a peace is a bold and solemn purpose. To proclaim it is easy. To serve it will be hard. And to attain it, we must be aware of its full meaning — and ready to pay its full price. We know clearly what we seek, and why. We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. And now, as in no other age, we seek it because we have been warned, by the power of modern weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for human life itself. Yet this peace we seek cannot be born of fear alone: it must be rooted in the lives of nations. There must be justice, sensed and shared by all peoples, for, without justice the world can know only a tense and unstable truce. There must be law, steadily invoked and respected by all nations, for without law, the world promises only such meager justice as the pity of the strong upon the weak. But the law of which we speak, comprehending the values of freedom, affirms the equality of all nations, great and small. Splendid as can be the blessings of such a peace, high will be its cost: in toil patiently sustained, in help honorably given, in sacrifice calmly borne.” Second Inaugural address (21 January 1957)

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“I do have one instruction for you, General. Do something about that damned football team.” Said to William Westmoreland in 1960 when Westmoreland assumed the post of Superintendent of West Point.

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“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. … Is there no other way the world may live?”

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Farewell Address, January 17, 1961

“We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential, and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among peoples and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt, both at home and abroad.

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defenses; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel. But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs, balance between the private and the public economy, balance between the cost and hoped for advantages, balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable, balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual, balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress. Lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.

Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

During the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.”

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“One circumstance that helped our character development: we were needed. I often think today of what an impact could be made if children believed they were contributing to a family’s essential survival and happiness. In the transformation from a rural to an urban society, children are — though they might not agree — robbed of the opportunity to do genuinely responsible work.”

Wikipedia:  Dwight Eisenhower

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, September 29, 2019 – George Halas

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“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”

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“Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.”

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“Find out what the other team wants to do. Then take it away from them.”

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“If you live long enough, lots of nice things happen.”

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“Don’t do anything in practice that you wouldn’t do in the game.”

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“You can achieve only that which you will do.”

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“Many people flounder about in life because they do not have a purpose, an objective toward which to work.”

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“San Francisco has always been my favorite booing city. I don’t mean the people boo louder or longer, but there is a very special intimacy. When they boo you, you know they mean you. Music, that’s what it is to me. One time in Kezar Stadium they gave me a standing boo.”

Wikipedia Page: George Halas

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, September 28, 2019 – Norman Mailer

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“Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less.  One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.”

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“Growth, in some curious way, I suspect, depends on being always in motion just a little bit, one way or another.”

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“I don’t think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose.  I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.

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“Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain.  And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.”

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“There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.”

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“Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision.  The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.”

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“Somerset Maugham … wrote somewhere that “Nobody is any better than he ought to be.”… I carried it along with me as a working philosophy, but I suppose that finally I would have to take exception to the thought … or else the universe is just an elaborate clock.” The Deer Park, 1955

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“The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people.”

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“Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.”

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“With the pride of an artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists, the small trumpet of your defiance.”

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“His consolation in those hours when he was most uncharitable to himself is that taken at his very worst he was at least still worthy of being a character in a novel by Balzac, win one day, lose the next, and do it with boom! and baroque in the style.”

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“There is no greater importance in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you

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“New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic, San Francisco is a lady, Boston has become Urban Renewal, Philadelphia and Baltimore and Washington blink like dull diamonds in the smog of Eastern Megalopolis, and New Orleans is unremarkable past the French Quarter. Detroit is a one-trade town, Pittsburgh has lost its golden triangle, St Louis has become the golden arch of the corporation, and nights in Kansas City close early. The oil depletion allowance makes Houston and Dallas naught but checkerboards for this sort of game. But Chicago is a great American city. Perhaps it is the last of the great American cities.”

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“There are four stages to marriage. First there’s the affair, then there’s the marriage, then children, and finally the fourth stage, without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce.”

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“We think of Marilyn who was every man’s love affair with America. Marilyn Monroe who was blonde and beautiful and had a sweet little rinky-dink of a voice and all the cleanliness of all the clean American backyards.”

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“The highest prize in a world of men is the most beautiful woman available on your arm and living there in her heart loyal to you.”

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“We sail across dominions barely seen, washed by the swells of time. We plow through fields of magnetism. Past and future come together on thunderheads and our dead hearts live with lightning in the wounds of the Gods.”

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“I never saw love as luck, as that gift from the gods which put everything else in place, and allowed you to succeed. No, I saw love as reward. One could find it only after one’s virtue, or one’s courage, or self-sacrifice, or generosity, or loss, has succeeded in stirring the power of creation.”

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“Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession you keep coming back and back and back to the same question and never get an answer.”

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“Booze, pot, too much sex, failure in one’s private life, too much attrition, too much recognition, too little recognition. Nearly everything in the scheme of things works to dull a first-rate talent. But the worst probably is cowardice.”

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“There was that law of life so cruel and so just which demanded that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.”

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“The sickness of our times for me has been just this damn thing that everything has been getting smaller and smaller and less and less important, that the romantic spirit has dried up, that there is no shame today…. We’re all getting so mean and small and petty and ridiculous, and we all live under the threat of extermination.”

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“On a late-winter evening in 1983, while driving through fog along the Maine coast, recollections of old campfires began to drift into the March mist, and I thought of the Abnaki Indians of the Algonquin tribe who dwelt near Bangor a thousand years ago.”
Harry Hubbard, in Harlot’s Ghost : A Novel (1991)

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“What if there are not only two nostrils, two eyes, two lobes, and so forth, but two psyches as well, and they are separately equipped? They go through life like Siamese twins inside one person…. They can be just a little different, like identical twins, or they can be vastly different, like good and evil.”
Kittredge Gardiner, in Harlot’s Ghost : A Novel (1991)

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“I never saw love as luck, as that gift from the gods which put everything else in place, and allowed you to succeed. No, I saw love as reward. One could find it only after one’s virtue, or one’s courage, or self-sacrifice, or generosity, or loss, has succeeded in stirring the power of creation.”
Harry Hubbard, in Harlot’s Ghost : A Novel (1991)

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“Booze, pot, too much sex, failure in one’s private life, too much attrition, too much recognition, too little recognition. Nearly everything in the scheme of things works to dull a first-rate talent. But the worst probably is cowardice.”

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“There is one expanding horror in American life. It is that our long odyssey toward liberty, democracy and freedom-for-all may be achieved in such a way that utopia remains forever closed, and we live in freedom and hell, debased of style, not individual from one another, void of courage, our fear rationalized away.”

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“We’ve got an agreeable, comfortable life here as Americans. But under it there’s a huge, free-floating anxiety. Our inner lives, our inner landscape is just like that sky out there — it’s full of smog. We really don’t know what we believe anymore, we’re nervous about everything.”

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“Writing can wreck your body. You sit there on the chair hour after hour and sweat your guts out to get a few words.”

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“Heaven and Hell make no sense if the majority of humans are a complex mixture of good and evil. There’s no reason to receive a reward if you’re 57/43—why sit around forever in an elevated version of Club Med? That’s almost impossible to contemplate.”

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“If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.”

Wikipedia Page:  Norman Mailer

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, September 27, 2019 – Tennessee Williams

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“A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.”

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“All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.”

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“Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.”

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“Don’t look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you’ll know you’re dead.”

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“Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.”

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“For time is the longest distance between two places.”

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“Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.”

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“I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.”

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“I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.”

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“If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.”

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“In memory everything seems to happen to music.”

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“Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.”

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“Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.”

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“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”

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Luck is believing you’re lucky.

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“Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.”

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“Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death’s the other.”

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“Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense.”

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“Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you – gently, with love, and hand your life back to you.”

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“Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.”

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“Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play, just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the revelation of character in life, even in one’s own character to himself.”

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“Success and failure are equally disastrous.”

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“Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it… Success is shy – it won’t come out while you’re watching.”

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“The future is called ‘perhaps,’ which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you.”

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“The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that’s also a hypocrite!”

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“The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love. Whomever I love and am with most of the time, or whomever I remember most vividly. I think that’s true of everyone, don’t you?”

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“Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.”

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“To be free is to have achieved your life.”

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“We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.”

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“When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I’m only really alive when I’m writing.”

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“Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.”

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“You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it.”

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“The theatre is a place where one has time for the problems of people to whom one would show the door if they came to one’s office for a job.”

Wikipedia:  Tennessee Williams

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